North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

KIS Birthday

With a 40-minute magic show at May Day Stadium, the DPRK began the final countdown to April 2012 which will mark the 100th anniversary of Kim Il-so’ng’s birth and a declaration of success in kangsong […]

Apr, 24

12th SPA’s 4th Session Elects New NDC Member, MPS

The 4th session (plenum) of the 12th Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] convened Thursday [7 April] at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang.  Neither Kim Cho’ng-il nor Kim Cho’ng-u’n attended the meeting.  Defying the speculative pronouncements […]

Apr, 07

A Cadre Looks at 70

Wednesday [16 February] marked Kim Cho’ng-il’s birthday.  In the Party History Institute’s official chronicle, Kim Cho’ng-il was born February 1942 in a wooden house near Mt. Paektu.  Unofficial accounts say that KCI was born in […]

Feb, 17

DPRK NYE Calls for Denuclearization, Reduction in Tension

The complete text for the Joint New Year’s Editorial can be found at Northeast Asia Matters. The DPRK media has printed and broadcast the 2011 Joint New Year’s Editorial.  The editorial underscores kangsong taeguk and […]

Jan, 01
Kim Yong-chun’s nuclear invocation

Kim Yong-chun’s nuclear invocation

Kim Yong-chun (VMar), NDC Vice Chairman and Minister of the People’s Armed Forces, said that the DPRK and KPA “are fully ready to start a sacred war based on the nuclear deterrent at a time […]

Dec, 24

KJI’s 148 Guidance Tours (so far) in 2010

According to the ROK Unification Ministry, Kim Chong-il has made 148 visits in 2010. 58 of those tours were to economic locales in the DPRK.  KCI has been reported by the DPRK media as having […]

Dec, 07
Who’s Afraid of Ko Yong Hui?

Who’s Afraid of Ko Yong Hui?

  Despite all of the DPRK’s activity around the hereditary succession of Kim Jong Un, missing from the narratives and rumors is any word of Ko Yong Hui.  Ko was KJI’s 4th wife and the […]

Oct, 21


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